Just 500 meters from Basilica of Bom Jesus lies the ruins of St. Augustine. church. Situated on the top of Holy hill, this ruins also forms a part of churches and convents of Old Goa, a UNESCO world heritage site.
The church had 4 altars , 8 chapels and a convent with numerous cells. All that is left of this church today, is one of the four towers. This 46m high tower (Bell tower) can be seen from a distance. The bell is currently placed in another church called Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Panjim.
The following three photographs are that of the only standing tower of St. Augustine Church
This church was dedicated to Our Lady of Grace. Construction of this church started around 1597 and was completed by 1602.
A look at the church’s altars and chapels.
Writings on one of the chapels.
Can you see the carvings?
Why is this church in ruins?
The church was initially built on Augustinian order. In 1835, the Augustinians were expelled from Goa and the church was abandoned. Over the years, due to neglect and weather conditions, the main vault of the church collapsed and this was followed by the collapse of three towers.
Let me end this post with an image of the church before its destruction.